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Closing the ADF’s deterrence gap

By Malcolm Davis The force structure proposed in the 2016 Defence White Paper lacks a long-range deterrence capability—at least until we get a credible fleet of submarines sometime in the distant 2040s. Short of...

Will Australia follow NZ on labour mobility?

By Stephen Howes In September last year, Malcolm Turnbull announced at the annual Pacific Islands Forum leaders conference that Australia was going to bring about a “step change” in its relationship with the Pacific...

How To Avoid War With North Korea

By Michael Krepon Donald Trump spirals downward. As long as he remains in the White House, we are called upon to do everything in our power to limit the damage he can do. Above...

Day 1287

By Interpreter Staff Ukraine Day 1287: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. No casualties were reported. Yesterday’s coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here. An Invasion By Any Other Name: The Kremlin’s Dirty War in...

ASEAN and Indonesia’s foreign policy: 50 years on

By Ristian Atriandi Supriyanto In his speech commemorating ASEAN’s 50th birthday, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo reminded ASEAN to maintain its unity and centrality lest it be drawn deeper into a great-power rivalry that would...

19 Attacks by Russia-Backed Forces

By Interpreter Staff Ukraine Day 1291: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Yesterday’s coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here. An Invasion By Any Other Name: The Kremlin’s Dirty War in Ukraine …read more From::...

National security wrap

By Jacqueline Westermann, Jack Viola, Eliza Chapman and Harley Comrie The beat Charity at risk The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre published a report assessing the Australian non-profit sector. It revealed that charities...

Trump’s doomed Afghan strategy

By Shahid Javed Burki In a rare presidential address last week at Fort Myer, Virginia, Donald Trump outlined his administration’s strategy for the United States’ future engagement in Afghanistan. Trump avoided admitting outright that...

Bipartisanship must not stifle crucial defence debate

By Jim Molan Andrew Carr calls for a more active debate on defence in Australia, claiming that bipartisanship will not serve us well in the current uncertain strategic environment. I agree with Andrew and...

Forgetting the lessons of the West

By Andrew Carr Perhaps the West’s greatest contribution to politics is the concept of contested and limited governance—from Greek and Roman republicanism, which balanced the elites and the masses, through to the parliaments of...

Divisions and deadlines in New Caledonia

By Denise Fisher New Caledonia is preparing to hold an independence referendum by the November 2018 deadline. The stakes are high, as the outcome could redefine France’s status in our region. All parties have...

Poland—the limits of populists in power

By Jacqueline Westermann ‘Poland has not yet perished … we shall prevail’—the most prominent lines of Poland’s national anthem—roared from thousands of throats during protests in the central European country in July. They capture...

An EU Army Is Impossible; Fortunately, It’s Not Necessary.

By website@atlanticcouncil.org (James Hasik) To rebuild robust land forces, Europeans should think a little like Americans, a little like Russians, and otherwise for themselves. Shortly after the Brexit vote last June, those-in-the-know in Europe...

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